Warning! Wanderlust Adventure Ahead

practicing yoga in tree pose near a pond for WanderlustWhen my daughter, Courtney, asked if I’d be interested in going to Wanderlust, I said, “Sure!” I’m always up for traveling, but had no idea what she was talking about. Last week, she sent me a video of a class we’ll be taking. I laughed until I cried.

I hope no one gets hurt…

Wanderlust – Whistler 2016, is a four-day yoga festival that includes everything from the obvious, (yoga) and meditation to paddle-boarding, hiking and rocking out to DJs at night. I signed up. After all this isn’t my first yoga rodeo.

In seventh grade, I took a class as an elective at Our Lady Queen of Peace. I was hooked. I loved the relaxed atmosphere and how it slowed my active mind. I continued my interest through college. For a few years after having kids, I took a class poolside at a beautifully landscaped Boulder home. When the sessions became more aerobic than meditative, I dropped out.

It has been a few years since I’ve really been into yoga. With wrist and knee issues, I recently attended a few classes in Boulder to test my body. With a pad under my knees, I could do everything, in restorative, gentle yoga, anyway.

I thought I was good to go.

Courtney instructed me to sign up for all of the classes on her schedule, so I blindly clicked away. Last week, she sent me an email and asked if I had read the class descriptions. Of course not. I rarely read instructions.

One of the classes we’re taking is Acrovinyasa. She sent this video and I laughed until I cried.

We’ll be partners. I assume I’ll be on the bottom. I just watched the video again and it still cracks me up. Think of me spinning around like a top next Thursday. Ha! Still laughing.

My husband, Danny, is coming with us. His yoga themed bad dad jokes have been hitting me in waves. He is running two 5Ks as part of the event and will go on a hike, but he also signed up for a couple of yoga classes. There is hope. I think I’ll buy him that guy’s bandana. Could be a good look for him since he’s planning on walking around town with a cross-body yoga mat and a water bottle. Ha!

I’m really looking forward to the classes, especially the ones involving positivity and opening up the mind to creativity. I truly believe writers, musicians, and artists get into a creative flow that seems to come out of nowhere. It’s why I write with a vague idea of my plot points and could never use an outline. Whenever I concretely think about what should happen next in my book, I go into “deer in the headlights.” Instead, I imagine the characters and setting, and the scene rolls in my head like a movie.

Wanderlust should be a mind bender. I hope my body bends too. I can’t afford any breakage.

Don’t worry, Courtney and Danny will take lots of pictures. Remember, I have no shame.

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  1. OMG, it’s today! As I write this, you are getting ready to go into the class. If it were me, I’d make sure to wear a DEPENDS diaper in preparation for my nerves and fears! Can I tell you how much MORE admiration I have for you (and I had a lot before)! Have fun, don’t crack up in the middle of class, don’t over-do and keep smiling! 🙂

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    1. It was so much fun! The classes have been tough and challenging, but inspiring. I’m going back for more today! Danny’s transformation has totally cracked me up! I still need to find a “dew rag.” Ha!
      Thanks so much for the shouts!

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  2. Ahhhhhh! I was rolling when I read this! I hadn’t heard about wanderlust since that Paul Rudd movie (it wasn’t that great) and when you described the adventure I was like that sounds awesome! And then I saw the video and I was rolling. Thanks for posting, was having a horrible morning, but this story was a definite pick-me-up. Thanks for putting a smile on my face and good luck on your retreat! Can’t wait to hear about it.

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    1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GUAT! WOOHOOOOOOO! I’ve been thinking about you. For some reason, my computer wouldn’t log onto the Internet up here in Whistler, until now! Did you have fun? Sounds like we’ll have to celebrate when I come to Burbank/LA in August. Courtney will be with me. So sorry to hear your kids got sick.
      I’ll post about acroyoga and slack lining, which ended up being a blast. Both times, the instructors assured us that we would “fly” by the end of class. They were right!

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  3. So glad you enjoyed beautiful Whistler! My sister-in-law was at Wanderlust Yoga last year and had convinced me to go with her this year. Then our travel plans didn’t match up … I’m still in Europe … so that was that. What a gas it would have been to meet up with you there! One of these days, Susie, somewhere … somehow … Congats on “flying”! No surprise there! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Pat! It would have topped off the trip to meet you there. I absolutely loved the trip on so many levels. It was extraordinarily beautiful. My mind was blown by classes. We all were changed by the festival!

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  4. This is so inspiring – How wonderful to read that both your daughter, husband and yourself all went on a fun yoga festival adventure together! I’m incredibly inspired, it sounds like the dream family outing haha.

    On a different note, I completely feel the same way about creativity being a state of “flow”. If you ever get the chance to read ‘The Artists Way” by Julia Cameron, she talks about ways to switch on that invisible tap to this creative source of flow including techniques such as ‘morning pages’ which is really cool.

    I find when you’re practicing yoga it’s easy to get connected to a creative flow even through moving with the breath!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. It was a blast and emotional. I would highly recommend Wanderlust!
      I’ve heard of The Artists Way and will have to buy it. It sounds like my way of thinking. I love the idea of morning pages to start the day. Sometimes I meditate before writing to clear my head and open my mind to new thoughts. It works!
      Are you a writer?

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      1. Wanderlust Sounds like my cup of tea – I’ll definitely look into it!

        The Artists Way is worth reading if you’re interested in creativity. When I do morning pages consistently everyday (just like meditation and yoga) I feel getting into that state of flow becomes effortless.

        I have always loved writing and I’m finally allowing myself to do more of it!

        Woohoo for writing!!

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